Colonel High Art Students Draw Portraits for Children in Dominican Republic

Colonel Richardson High School art teacher Victoria Donovan and her art club students created 12 portraits of orphans from the Dominician Republic through the Memory Project.

"This is an amazing project," said Donovan.

The Memory Project is a unique initiative in which art students create portraits for children and teens around the world who have been neglected, orphaned, or disadvantaged. Given that kids in such situations tend to have few personal keepsakes, the project aims to provide the children with special memories that capture a piece of thier childhood - portable pieces of their personal history, according to the Memory Project website.

The art students receive photos of the kids and then work in any art medium to create the portraits (drawing, painting, digital art, collage, etc.). Next, the memory project delivers the portraits to the kids as gifts. They also take photos of the kids holding the portraits so the art students can see the delivery in action.

The Colonel High students who participated were: Connor McAlpine, Toni Harrison, Sara Dove, Skyler Peele, Jasmine Goslin, Kelsey Limpert, Katelyn Wain, Lexi Robertson, Katelyn Metz, and Brenna Pincus.

Below is a link to the Dominican Republic children with their portraits done by the CRHS students and the art teacher Mrs. Donovan.